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European air quality in 2020: success story for PM2.5

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27/02/2015

Levels of the air pollutant PM2.5 in Europe will continue to fall in 2020, concludes a recent study. Furthermore, deposition of nitrogen from air pollution will also drop. The outlook seems less positive for ground-level ozone, however, as large amounts of this pollutant continue drift over to Europe from other continents. This study reports on changes in air quality in Europe, focusing on three ...

Longer Blades and New Materials are Dramatically Affecting the Global Wind Turbine Manufacturing Industry

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02/03/2015

A recent report from Navigant Research examines the significant forces shaping the global wind power industry’s supply chain, including analyses of more than 500 component and materials suppliers. As the wind turbine manufacturing industry has evolved and matured, blades have become a strong area of strategic product innovation and sourcing shifts. Turbine makers are making major ...

Offshore Wind Accelerator publishes pioneering guidance on cable burial risk management

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27/02/2015

New guidance has been published today by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) to give the offshore wind industry a unified, systematic approach to the risk management of cable burial for the first time. The Cable Burial Risk Assessment (CBRA) Guidance offers a standardised, repeatable and qualitative method to improve risk management of subsea cables for offshore wind farms, ...

The new CR:465 Galactus Noise Monitors to be launched at the UC Symposium on Aviation Noise & Air Quality

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02/03/2015

Cirrus Environmental is pleased to announce the launch of the new CR:465 Galactus noise monitors at the 30th annual University of California Aviation Noise and Air Quality Symposium. The symposium is being held at the Hilton Palm Springs from the 1st to the 5th March. The new CR:465 Galactus instruments have been designed to be used in conjunction with external data loggers or ...

Deep-cooled Scientific Spectroscopy Camera Perfect for Low Light and Ultrafast spectroscopy

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27/02/2015

HORIBA Scientific, global leader in Optical Spectroscopy systems, launched its new Synapse EM, a deep cooled EMCCD Scientific camera for low light and ultra-fast spectroscopy experiments. The Synapse EM is available in front and back illuminated for optimal quantum efficiency. With a sensor format of 1600 x 200 or 1600 x 400 and a pixel size of 16 microns, the Synapse EM is the ideal candidate ...

Fracking: leaking wells cause gas-contaminated groundwater

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27/02/2015

Contamination of drinking water in areas close to several fracking sites in the Marcellus and Barnett Shales, USA, is caused by structural problems leading to wells leaking natural gas into aquifers, a new study suggests. The researchers measured trace amounts of chemicals, called noble gases, which formed signatures of the sources of gas contamination in over 130 samples. These findings suggest ...

Reducing food waste could save the global economy $300 billion a year

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27/02/2015

Reducing consumer food waste could save between US$120 and 300 billion per year by 2030 according to a new report by WRAP (The Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. To achieve this would require a 20-50% reduction in consumer food waste. One third of all food produced in the world ends up as waste, while the value of global consumer food ...

$13 Billion overhaul needed for BC water and wastewater infrastructure

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02/03/2015

Communities in BC will require at least $13 Billion of additional investment to replace existing water and wastewater systems in British Columbia, according to a report released by the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA). The report, entitled Are Our Water Systems at Risk?, assesses the financial capacity of BC’s municipalities to maintain, renew, and replace BC’s existing ...

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